New York Votes for Trans-Fat Ban

It’s official: The New York City Board of Health has voted to ban artery-clogging artificial trans fats at restaurants.

Restaurants will be barred from using most frying oils containing artificial trans fats by next July, and artificial trans fats must be eliminated from all foods by July 2008.

“Trans-fatty acids are not just from the cook and his poor choices,” note David and Stephanie Tippie, directors of the Anti-Aging Clinic Association, Inc., in Florida. “Trans-fatty acids make unhealthy cell walls in the body because we are lacking in omega-3s. Food manufacturers in this country routinely remove the long-chain fatty acids—omega-3s—by way of processing food to give it a longer shelf life. This is the beginning of our troubles because it sets up weakened cell wall syndrome. Trans-fatty acids combine with excess sugar in our body from poor diet and create triglycerides, which create plaque, and that leads to atherosclerosis and heart attack.”

Some restaurant owners made the switch long ago.

“For years, I have been aware that trans fat is worse than cholesterol, and so I began searching for alternatives in cooking oils,” says Roger Berkowitz, owner of Legal Sea Foods. “I saw this as an opportunity for us to supply a healthier dining experience.”

Two years ago, he required all 30 of his East Coast restaurants, including those in New York, to conform to his “no trans fats” rule.

When shopping for conventional and organic food, be sure to read product labels to identify trans-fat content.

Suggested Reading

Fat Tips for Heart Health
Lifestyle and Stroke Risk
A Healthy Diet for Men
The War on Trans Fats (Part 1)
The War on Trans Fats (Part 2)

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  • Merchant  September 11, 2007 at 12:47 am

    That’s interesting! Reminds me of how I have always been allergic to citrus fruits and found myself turning blue in the face the moment I bit into one. I grew up resigned to the fact that I couldn’t enjoy any type of citrus fruits and always envied my friends a bit because they didn’t have this problem. Now I have a kid of my own and he also seems to have the same allergies. I always thought it’s a pity he couldn’t eat citrus fruits but never gave it much thought, till recently.

    Some friends suggested I try organic fruits what are grown naturally, without preservatives or any artificial flavoring. According to some studies, it is these man-made chemicals that cause allergies, not the fruit per se. I googled this topic and consulted several specialists who all agreed it was worth a shot. I scoured the whole of Manhattan before I found some shops selling good quality, organic fruits. I had one myself and I was overjoyed – no reaction! I gave one fruit to my son and anxiously waited for a reaction – nothing! I was ecstatic; finally, I could eat and binge on any type of citrus fruit of my choice! We pigged out on the fruits I had bought that day and we felt we had just finished a meal fit for the kings J

    This of course led me to my next problem – how could I get hold of the fruits regularly, on a daily basis? I was a single, working mother and everyone knows how harrowing that can be. Add to it a long commute to get hold of a few organic fruits – it was a recipe for disaster. So, by then, I thought we could only have our dose of fruits on weekends when we both made a real outing of going across town for our ‘fix’.

    And one day, it felt just like Christmas! Almost as if Santa had himself organized an extra special treat just for me and my baby! One day I was just surfing the net when I decided to see which is the best organic fruit shop in New York. Turned out it was some innocuous Organic Fruit and Veggie Club. The reason they were so popular was simple – they home-delivered good quality organic fruits and veggies which was supposed to be quite fresh and with some yummy discounts.

    I decided to give them a try – and boy was I surprised! I dialed 877-333-7722 and got a king’s ransom worth of organic fruits and veggies at my doorstep. It didn’t cost the earth, it didn’t take any time or effort trudging across town, and it was absolutely delicious! Needless to add, I am completely bowled over and my son and I pig out on the citrus fruits every day of our lives. We have become addicts, without a hope in hell of ever leading a completely normal life ever again.

    I have some complaints about these guys, though – for one, I think these guys should get a website where net junkies like me could possibly order my organic ‘fix’ by clicking a button. Also, how about some customer loyalty points for die-hard loyalists like me? And why not, even a get-together or a real club of other organic addicts and people who patronize the Organic Fruit and Veggie Club. Heck, it could turn in to a mass frenzy, methinks!

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